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Addressing Challenging Behavior in Young Children

The Leader's Role

Barbara Kaiser, Judy Sklar Rasminsky


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The authors of the bestselling Challenging Behavior in Young Children bring their wealth of practical experience, breadth of research base, and approachable tone to this new book for early childhood administrators guiding their staffs--and the children and families they serve--in preventing and responding effectively to challenging behavior. The stakes are high when children get kicked out of early childhood programs: they learn that no one believes in their ability to succeed. As states and school districts increasingly prohibit the suspension and expulsion of young children, directors and administrators of early childhood programs and principals of schools play a crucial role in making it possible for children with challenging behavior to remain in school and learn. Covering topics such as building an environment that promotes positive behavior, reflecting on the effects of bias and expectations on behavior, and empowering staff to use effective guidance strategies, this book offers ideas that leaders can actually implement while maintaining a high-quality learning environment.

National Association for the Education of You, 9781938113895, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2021

About the Author

Barbara Kaiser, MA, is the coauthor of Challenging Behavior in Young Children (now in its 4th edition) and Meeting the Challenge. She has taught at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and at Concordia University and College Marie-Victorin in Montreal, Canada, and presented workshops, keynote speeches, and webinars on challenging behavior in the US, Canada, and throughout the world. Barbara acted as chief consultant for the Mr. Rogers' Family Communications project, Challenging Behaviors: Where Do We Begin? and for Facing the Challenge, an instructional DVD produced by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. She also developed an intervention to address youth violence; created webinars and guides on bullying for the Nova Scotia Department of Education; and founded and directed two early childhood centers and an after-school program in Montreal. She has an MA from McGill University. Recently she has given webinars on leadership and on supporting children, families, and staff returning to school and child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judy Sklar Rasminsky, MA, is a freelance writer who specializes ineducation and health. With coauthor Barbara Kaiser, she has written Challenging Behavior in Young Children and Challenging Behavior in Elementary and Middle School, which both earned Texty awards from the Text and Academic Authors Association; and Meeting the Challenge, a bestseller selected as a comprehensive membership benefit by NAEYC. In addition, the team has authored a guide for Canadian parents, The Daycare Handbook, and a fact book for educators on HIV/AIDS. Judy's work has appeared in publications such as the Reader's Digest and the Los Angeles Times, been anthologized in textbooks, and honored by the National Institutes of Health. For many years an editor and researcher for book publishers in New York, London, and Montreal, she holds a BA from Stanford University and an MA from Columbia University.